Income Tax Folio S4-F15-C1, Manufacturing and Processing
Series 4: Businesses
Folio 15: Manufacturing and Research & Development
Chapter 1: Manufacturing and Processing
Legislative changes enacted on June 21, 2019 by Bill C-97, Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1, S.C. 2019, c. 29, provide for an enhanced first-year CCA for most depreciable property acquired after November 20, 2018, and which becomes available for use before 2028. Additionally, legislative changes enacted on June 29, 2021 by Bill C-30, Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1, S.C. 2021, c. 23, provide various technical amendments relating to the accelerated investment incentive rules.
Depreciable property impacted by the measures is referred to as accelerated investment incentive property (AIIP). The enhanced first-year allowance will initially provide for full expensing of eligible depreciable property used in manufacturing and processing with a phase-out for property that becomes available for use after 2023.
More information is available on the Accelerated Investment Incentive web page.
An update to this Chapter is being prepared for publication.
Legislative changes enacted on June 23, 2022 by Bill C-19, Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1, S.C. 2022, c. 10, provide for a number of measures related to manufacturing and processing. These measures include a temporary immediate expensing incentive in respect of immediate expensing property (IEP) acquired by an eligible person or partnership (EPOP) and reduced corporate income tax rates for qualifying zero-emission technology manufacturers.
The immediate expensing incentive is available for IEP acquired by a Canadian controlled private corporation (CCPC) on or after April 19, 2021, and that becomes available for use before January 1, 2024. For eligible individuals and certain partnerships, the IEP must be acquired on or after January 1, 2022 and become available for use before January 1, 2025. The availability of the enhanced CCA under the accelerated investment incentive for manufacturing and processing property (M&P) would not reduce the maximum amount available for M&P property under this proposed measure. However, the total CCA that can be deducted over the life of the property cannot exceed the capital cost of the property. For more information, refer to the Department of Finance web page Expansion of the Eligibility for Tax Support for Business Investments.
For qualified zero-emission technology manufacturers, Bill C-19 provides a reduction to the corporate income tax rates. The temporary reduction in the corporate income tax rate is applicable for tax years beginning after 2021. More information is available on the Annex 6 – Tax Measures – Supplementary Information | Budget 2021 web page.
An update to this Chapter is being prepared for publication.
Section 125.1 provides for the taxation of corporations at a reduced rate on their Canadian manufacturing and processing profits. This takes the form of a deduction from Part I tax otherwise payable and is an amount equal to a specified percentage of a corporation's Canadian manufacturing and processing profits (subject to certain adjustments). This Chapter provides comments on various components of the calculation and discusses activities that are and are not considered to be manufacturing or processing.
Currently, the federal manufacturing and processing profits deduction rate is equal to the general rate reduction percentage as defined in subsection 123.4(1). This means that Canadian manufacturing and processing profits are currently taxed at the same rate as other active business income that is not eligible for the federal small business deduction. A number of provinces and Yukon provide special treatment for income that qualifies for the manufacturing and processing profits deduction (M&P credit). Therefore, the calculation remains relevant in those jurisdictions.
The Chapter also discusses the capital cost allowance (CCA) rules for certain manufacturing and processing machinery and equipment eligible to be included in Class 29, 43, or 53. These CCA classes provide accelerated write-offs for such machinery and equipment depending on when the machinery or equipment is acquired. For CCA information on buildings used for manufacturing or processing, refer to Class 1 on the CRA webpage, Classes of depreciable property.
The final part of the Chapter discusses the federal investment tax credit that may apply to certain new buildings, machinery, and equipment (qualified property) acquired to carry out manufacturing or processing activities in certain regions of Canada.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issues income tax folios to provide technical interpretations and positions regarding certain provisions contained in income tax law. Due to their technical nature, folios are used primarily by tax specialists and other individuals who have an interest in tax matters. While the comments in a particular paragraph in a folio may relate to provisions of the law in force at the time they were made, such comments are not a substitute for the law. The reader should, therefore, consider such comments in light of the relevant provisions of the law in force for the particular tax year being considered.
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Discussion and interpretation
Manufacturing and processing profits deduction – M&P credit
Meaning of manufacturing or processing
1.1 The term manufacturing or processing is defined in subsection 125.1(3) to exclude certain activities. Specifically excluded are farming, fishing, logging, construction, certain resource activities set out in paragraphs (d) to (k), and activities where a 10% minimum threshold set out in paragraph (l) is not met. Because subsection 125.1(3) does not confirm which activities constitute manufacturing or processing, these terms are interpreted to have their ordinary meaning. As terms that do not lend themselves to any simple, all-inclusive definition, the meanings may evolve over time.
1.2 It may be said, however, that the manufacture of goods normally involves the creation of something (for example, making or assembling machines, clothing, soup) or the shaping, stamping, or forming of an object out of something (for example, making steel rails, wire nails, rubber balls, wood moulding). On the other hand, processing of goods usually refers to a technique of preparation, handling, or other activity designed to effect a physical or chemical change in an article or substance, other than natural growth. Examples of such activities are galvanizing iron, creosoting fence posts, dyeing cloth, dehydrating foods, and homogenizing and pasteurizing dairy products.
1.3 In Tenneco Canada Inc. v The Queen,  1 CTC 323, 91 DTC 5207, the Federal Court of Appeal indicated that the two tests for determining whether a taxpayer is engaged in processing are:
- whether there is a change in the form, appearance, or other characteristics of the goods subject to the operation; and
- whether the product becomes more marketable.
1.4 The activities of breaking bulk and repackaging for subsequent resale where there is a systematic procedure to make a product more marketable are generally considered to be processing. However, the filling of orders from bulk inventories is not viewed as processing where the activities involved are nothing more than counting or measuring and packaging.
General comments about the M&P credit
1.5 The M&P credit is applicable only to a corporation that carries on manufacturing or processing activities in Canada of goods for sale or lease. The manufacturer or processor of the goods need not necessarily be the vendor of the goods.
Corporation A manufactures goods for Corporation B under contract. Corporation B sells the goods to retailers.
Corporation A may qualify for the M&P credit even though Corporation A is not the vendor of the goods.
1.6 The M&P credit is not applicable to income arising from service or repair activities carried out on goods that are not for sale or lease. For example, altering or repairing articles of clothing that are already owned by the customer does not qualify as manufacturing or processing goods for sale or lease.
1.7 Similarly, based on the decision in Will-Kare Paving & Contracting Ltd. v The Queen, 2000 SCC 36, 2000 DTC 6467, the M&P credit is not applicable to income arising from the supply of goods through contracts for work and material. In this case, the Supreme Court of Canada concluded that the asphalt produced by a paving business was not considered to be a good manufactured or processed for sale or lease but instead supplied through contracts for work and materials. In other words, if goods that are manufactured or processed are used to carry out a service (for example, a repair service) under a single contract for work and materials, the goods are not considered manufactured or processed for sale.
1.8 A corporation that merely sells goods manufactured or processed by another party or supervises the manufacturing or processing of goods where the actual manufacturing or processing is carried on by another party will also not qualify for the M&P credit. However, based on the Federal Court of Appeal decision in McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. v The Queen,  CTC 167, 82 DTC 6142, where the goods are being manufactured or processed in Canada by another party on behalf of the corporation and the corporation exercises extensive involvement and control over the content, design, and physical qualities of the goods from inception to completion in Canada, the corporation may qualify for the M&P credit.
Activities excluded from the definition of manufacturing or processing
Farming and fishing
1.9 In general, a corporation with a farming business is not eligible for the M&P credit unless the comments in ¶1.11 apply. A corporation with a farming business may carry on certain activities that, if carried on by another person, would be considered to be the processing of farm products rather than farming. Some examples are: aging of cheese, plucking of chickens, cleaning, polishing, and treating of beans, and cleaning, sorting, grading, and spraying of eggs.
1.10 Similarly, a corporation with a fishing business is not eligible for the M&P credit unless the comments in ¶1.11 apply. A corporation with a fishing business may carry on certain activities that, if carried on by another person, would be considered to be the processing of fish products rather than fishing. The definition of fishing includes any activities incidental to fishing carried out on board the fishing vessel. Once the fish are caught and transported to a processing plant or cannery, any activities carried out to prepare the fish for market are considered to be processing activities (such as filleting, shelling, icing, canning, freezing, smoking, salting, cooking, and pickling). Where the processing activities are carried out on shore at a processing plant or cannery, a corporation with a fishing business will not ordinarily be engaged in processing activities.
1.11 Nevertheless, where substantial processing activities are carried out on board a vessel in Canada by a fishing corporation or where a farming corporation carries on substantial processing activities of farm products, the CRA will consider the processing activities to be a distinct business from that of fishing or farming where such activities are separated. However, there must be a clear delineation of the income from each business. Furthermore, the income from the processing business must be properly calculated without applying any of the special provisions in the Act dealing with income from a fishing or farming business, as the case may be. For example, the taxpayer could not use the cash method of computing income contained in section 28.
1.12 The CRA considers that logging does not include activities that take place after the delivery of the logs to a sawmill, pulp mill, plywood mill, or other similar place for processing logs. This means that the following are all activities that are considered to be manufacturing or processing:
- the operation of a sawmill to saw logs into lumber;
- the drying of lumber in kilns before shipment;
- the operation of a planing mill to plane lumber;
- the production of wood chips during the sawing process and the production of shavings during the planing process; and
- any similar activities.
The operation of bulldozers and boom boats at the mill site are considered part of manufacturing activities.
Petroleum and natural gas activities
1.13 Petroleum and natural gas activities that are not considered to be manufacturing or processing activities are:
- operating an oil or gas well or extracting petroleum or natural gas from a natural accumulation of petroleum or natural gas;
- processing natural gas as part of the business of selling or distributing gas in the course of operating a public utility;
- processing heavy crude oil recovered from a natural reservoir in Canada to a stage that is not beyond the crude oil stage or its equivalent; and
- Canadian field processing as defined in subsection 248(1).
1.14 The processing of natural gas at a straddle plant in Canada and the processing of natural gas in a plant in Canada that is devoted primarily to the recovery of ethane are both qualified processing activities.
1.15 Producing industrial minerals is considered to include all activities connected with the mining, excavating, and extracting of the material from the mine or pit area. This includes any primary crushing operation required to make it transportable from the mine or pit area as well as the transporting of the material from the mine or pit. Subsequent activities such as crushing, washing, screening, and sorting of the material in order to make the product of the mine or pit marketable are considered to be processing activities. The CRA recognizes that in some cases, some or all of these subsequent activities may be conducted within the confines of the mine or pit, in which case, processing will commence after the delivery of the excavated pit run material to the first of these processing operations.
1.16 The CRA considers an industrial mineral to mean a non-metallic mineral that is capable of being used in industry other than a mineral from a deposit that is a mineral resource as defined in subsection 248(1). Examples of industrial minerals include gravel, limestone, clay, sand, stone, and Feldspar.
Electrical energy and steam
1.17 The production or processing of electrical energy or steam used directly or indirectly by taxpayers in their own manufacturing or processing activities is generally considered to be eligible for the M&P credit. However, producing or processing electrical energy or steam for sale is specifically excluded from being manufacturing or processing by virtue of paragraph (h) of the definition in subsection 125.1(3). Such activities do not qualify for the M&P credit under subsection 125.1(1).
1.18 Nevertheless, a corporation that generates electrical energy for sale or produces steam for sale (including for uses other than the generation of electricity) may qualify for a separate M&P credit calculated under subsection 125.1(2) pursuant to a formula. Under subsection 125.1(5), for the purpose of certain parts of this formula, electrical energy and steam are deemed to be goods and the generation of electrical energy for sale and the production of steam for sale are deemed to be manufacturing or processing, subject to a 10% minimum threshold. However, the small manufacturers' rule described in ¶1.20 does not apply for the purpose of the calculation in subsection 125.1(2).
1.19 There are two methods for calculating a corporation's Canadian manufacturing and processing profits. A simplified method is available to a small manufacturer provided that the corporation meets the qualifications in section 5201 of the Regulations. For other corporations, a basic labour and capital formula is used to determine their Canadian manufacturing and processing profits.
Small manufacturers’ rule
1.20 Section 5201 of the Regulations provides that a corporation will receive the reduced rate of tax on all of its adjusted business income if, in any particular tax year, it meets all of the following tests:
- its activities are primarily manufacturing or processing in Canada of goods for sale or lease;
- its active business income (net of any losses) and that of any associated corporations do not in the aggregate exceed $200,000;
- it is not engaged in any of the activities of farming, fishing, logging, construction, or specified resource activities;
- it is not engaged in the processing of the foreign tar sands and ore to any stage that is not beyond the crude oil stage, prime metal stage or its equivalent; and
- it is not engaged in a foreign active business.
1.21 The CRA's view is that the term primarily as used in paragraph 5201(a) of the Regulations signifies principally or chiefly and means more than 50%. A corporation’s activities are generally carried on by its employees. The CRA will look at the employees’ activities to determine if they are engaged principally or chiefly in manufacturing, processing, or something else. In some industries, the use of the company's assets in manufacturing or processing activities may also be considered where the use of labour does not accurately reflect the principal activities of the corporation.
1.22 Where a corporation does not qualify under the small manufacturers' rule, it must look at the definitions contained in section 5202 of the Regulations and determine the amounts needed for the formula contained in section 5200 of the Regulations. This formula provides that the corporation's Canadian manufacturing and processing profits are equal to its adjusted business income (refer to ¶1.23) multiplied by a fraction equal to the sum of the corporation's labour and capital costs used in manufacturing or processing activities over the sum of the corporation's total labour and total capital costs for all its activities. Many corporations may have difficulty in determining the amounts required by section 5202. Where a corporation can readily obtain information that is reasonably similar to that required by section 5202, it will be acceptable for purposes of the formula if no significant distortion of the formula results.
Adjusted business income
1.23 The term adjusted business income, as defined in section 5202 of the Regulations, is the excess of a corporation's income from active business carried on in Canada over its losses from similar businesses. The definition includes the corporation's share of active business income from a partnership but does not include income from an active business carried on outside Canada.
1.24 In addition, if a corporation has resource activities (as defined in subsection 5203(2) of the Regulations) for a tax year, subsection 5203(1) provides that its adjusted business income will be reduced by the amount, if any, of the total of:
- the amount by which its net resource income (as defined in subsection 5203(3)) for the year exceeds its net resource adjustment (as defined in subsection 5203(3.1)) for the year; and
- the amount of refund interest (as defined in subsection 5203(4)) included in both its income and adjusted business income (as defined in section 5202) for the year.
Cost of labour
Method of determining cost of labour
1.25 The most significant problem a corporation will face in calculating its Canadian manufacturing and processing profits is how to determine its cost of labour (as defined in section 5202 of the Regulations). The simplest method generally will be an analysis of the T4 slips. This will be particularly suitable for a corporation with a tax year ending on December 31. This will also be acceptable for many corporations whose tax years do not end on December 31, provided that the total of salaries and wages as shown by the T4 slips approximates the total salaries and wages for the fiscal year. For a corporation with a cost accounting system, an analysis of salaries and wages by each cost centre may be more practical. Where amounts are allowed as a deduction at year end as bonuses that are payable to specific employees, these amounts would form part of the cost of labour.
1.26 The figures most readily available for calculating cost of labour may include certain amounts (such as fringe benefits) that do not form part of salaries and wages on a strict interpretation of that term (as defined in section 5202). Where these amounts are insignificant in relation to the total salaries and wages of the corporation, their removal from the total is generally not required.
Interpretation of the word "normally"
1.27 In addition to salaries and wages paid or payable to a corporation's employees, amounts paid or payable to third parties for services that would normally be performed by the corporation's own employees form part of the cost of labour. The term normally means commonly, usually, or under normal or ordinary conditions. It would apply in cases where a corporation usually performs certain services or functions itself but for some reason, such as lack of capacity, short-run economic conditions, labour problems, or machinery breakdowns, has sublet all or part of the work to third parties. It is the CRA's view that what is normally performed is determined in the context of a service or function of a particular corporation and not in the context of the industry or a division of the corporation. Those corporations operating in more than one province will already have experience in calculating these amounts for purposes of allocating income to various provinces under subsection 402(7) of the Regulations.
Double counting problem – cost of labour
1.28 A problem will occur in a group of related or associated corporations where one corporation acts as a paymaster for the others. To mitigate the double counting effect that will occur when two related or associated corporations include the same salaries and wages in their cost of labour, the CRA will allow the corporation paying the salaries and wages to treat these amounts as net of amounts received or receivable from related or associated corporations in respect of these expenses, provided that this is done for both qualified activities and non-qualified activities carried on by the employees.
Cost of capital
1.29 The amount to be included as the rental cost of property (as defined in section 5202 of the Regulations) is the amount required to be paid under the lease or rental agreement regardless of whether the agreement is on a net or gross basis. Where the property rented includes land and buildings, an allocation of the rental should be made based on a split between land and building on some reasonable basis, and only the portion of the rental applicable to the building should be included in the rental cost.
1.30 Royalty payments are considered to qualify as rental costs under paragraph (b) of the definition of cost of capital in section 5202 of the Regulations. This will be the case provided they are payments made in respect of property that, if owned by the corporation at the end of a year, would have been included in paragraph (a) of the definition of cost of capital.
1.31 Since an accurate allocation of rental charges for the use of telecommunication equipment is impossible, the CRA will not require their inclusion in calculating cost of capital.
Double counting problem – cost of capital
1.32 A double counting problem occurs in a group of related or associated corporations where one corporation in the group charges another for the use of a building that it owns or rents. A rental charge appears in the cost of capital of both corporations and, in effect, is counted twice to the detriment of the group as a whole. To alleviate this inequity, the CRA will allow rents paid for a property to be netted with rents received or receivable from related or associated corporations for the use of that property. Similarly, if the corporation receiving such rents owns the building, it may exclude the portion of the capital cost of the building that related to the area rented to related or associated corporations from its cost of capital calculation.
Corporation A rents an office building for $100,000. It charges related Corporation B $75,000 to use 3/4 of the building. The $75,000 appears in the cost of capital of both corporations.
The CRA allows rents paid for a property to be netted with rents received or receivable from related corporations for the use of that property.
Therefore, the amount of rental cost to be included in the cost of capital would be $25,000 for Corporation A and $75,000 for Corporation B.
1.33 The definition of qualified activities in section 5202 of the Regulations is relevant for purposes of determining what amount of a corporation's labour and capital is considered to be manufacturing and processing labour and capital. In addition to those activities that are manufacturing or processing within the ordinary meaning of the term, this section specifies several activities that are considered to be either qualified or non-qualified.
Receiving and storing of raw materials
1.34 Receiving and storing of raw materials are qualified activities. While activities related to the receiving and storing of raw materials away from a taxpayer's plant or warehouse are considered to be qualified activities, activities related to the transportation of the raw materials to the plant or warehouse are generally not considered to be qualified activities.
Line supervision versus administration
1.35 The terms line supervision (a qualified activity) and administration (a non-qualified activity) may be confusing. The CRA views administration as being the function of determining corporate policy and co-ordinating various activities (production, selling, etc.) of the corporation at the management level. Line supervision, on the other hand, refers to the line of authority for supervision of the manufacturing or processing activities of a corporation to the point where the activities of the supervisor can be said to be administrative. Since job titles and responsibilities vary considerably from industry to industry, identifying particular positions considered to be administrative is not possible. However, the persons who form part of the vertical line of supervision of the manufacturing or processing activities of a corporation, except those involved with the determination of corporate policy or the co-ordination of the production facilities, may be said to be involved in qualified activities. In most cases, the dividing line will occur at, or somewhere near, the plant manager.
Storing of finished goods
1.36 Storing, shipping, selling, and leasing of finished goods are non-qualified activities. If a good can be sold in bulk, but is packaged for the convenience of making the sale or because the taxpayer can receive a higher price if the product is placed in packages, it will generally be considered to be a finished good before packaging takes place. However, a homogenous product that must usually be broken from bulk and packaged before it can be sold is generally not considered to be a finished good until after it is packaged.
1.37 One of the non-qualified activities is data processing. This term is intended to exclude accounting activities that are merely ancillary to a manufacturing operation. However, where a computer is used as an integral part of a qualified activity, that portion of the cost of the computer that reflects the extent to which the computer is used directly in qualified activities is included in the cost of manufacturing and processing capital. Similarly, the portion of time the computer staff spends directly engaged in qualified activities is included in the cost of manufacturing and processing labour. An example of a direct application of a computer to a manufacturing operation is where the computer controls and directs the manufacturing and processing equipment. The compilation of cost records, payrolls, etc., by a computer is not considered to be a qualified activity.
Cost of manufacturing and processing labour and capital
Time spent in qualified activities
1.38 The cost of manufacturing and processing labour (as defined in section 5202 of the Regulations) includes salaries and wages paid to employees for the portion of their time that they were directly engaged in qualified activities. It also includes the portion of payments to third parties included in the cost of labour for services or functions directly related to qualified activities.
1.39 Many employees may spend relatively minor amounts of their time in activities other than their primary activity. To alleviate the task of making numerous allocations and calculations in determining the cost of manufacturing and processing labour, the CRA will generally accept the administrative practice of allocating all of an employee's time to their primary activity where it is reasonable to assume that more than 75% of that employee's time is spent in the primary activity. Of course, where this practice is followed, it must be applied consistently whether the employee’s primary activity is a qualifying activity or a non-qualifying activity. A 50/50 split of an employee's time is acceptable where it is reasonable to assume that between 50% and 75% of the employee’s time is spent in the primary activity.
1.40 Where a department or division only carries on qualified activities (engineering design, quality control, etc.), most of its employees will be considered to be directly engaged in qualified activities. However, clerical and administrative staff within that department or division are not considered to be directly engaged in qualified activities.
1.41 Where a bonus is payable to an employee who is directly engaged in both qualified activities and non-qualified activities such as administration, the portion of the bonus equal to the percentage of time that employee spent directly in qualified activities will be accepted by the CRA as part of the cost of manufacturing and processing labour.
Meaning of the expression "used directly"
1.42 The cost of manufacturing and processing capital (as defined in section 5202 of the Regulations) is that portion of the cost of capital that reflects the extent to which each asset is used directly in qualified activities. The term used directly refers to those assets that are an integral part of and essential to the particular qualified activities being carried on. In all cases, the nature of the activity with which an asset is connected, and not the nature of the asset, should be examined to determine its use. In the case of a building which houses both plant equipment and administrative offices, an apportionment of cost is necessary. Generally, office furniture and equipment is not considered to be used directly in qualified activities unless the particular item of equipment is used solely by a person primarily engaged in qualified activities.
1.43 A problem can arise in separating warehousing labour and capital costs that are qualified activities for the purpose of calculating manufacturing and processing labour and capital used in the formula in section 5200 of the Regulations. For example, the costs of storing goods purchased for processing would have to be separated from those that are not (such as the storing of goods purchased only for resale). Generally the separation of these costs is difficult and arbitrary because in many instances no separate identification of these categories of goods is possible. One method might be to analyze sales (by dollars or volume) of processed goods and non-processed goods. If the average time spent in storage by raw materials purchased for processing is greater or lesser than the average time spent in storage by materials purchased for resale, it may be necessary to weigh any calculations to produce a reasonable result. Since a 10% to 20% variance in the percentage of qualified warehousing labour and capital costs would not usually significantly affect the formula in section 5200 of the Regulations, it is not normally necessary that the taxpayer make elaborate calculations to separate qualified and non-qualified costs. However, any allocation should be reasonable and have some logical basis.
Capital cost allowance
1.44 Generally speaking, Class 29 provides for a capital cost allowance rate of 50% on a straight line basis. The maximum capital cost allowance that may be claimed is 25% of the capital cost in the year of acquisition, 50% in the following year, and 25% in the third year (refer to paragraph 1100(1)(ta) of the Regulations). In addition to the maximum percentage of capital cost allowance allowed in the second and third year, the taxpayer may claim, for those years, any unused portion from the preceding years.
1.45 Property acquired during certain time periods can be included in Class 29. However, more recently, Class 29 is for property acquired by the taxpayer after March 18, 2007 and before 2016 if the property is machinery or equipment:
- that would be as described in paragraph (a) of Class 29 if subparagraph (a)(ii) were read without reference to "in Canadian field processing carried on by the lessee or,"; and
- that is as described in any of subparagraphs (b)(i) to (iii) and (vi) of Class 29.
1.46 To be eligible for inclusion in Class 29, the taxpayer must acquire or manufacture property that will be:
- used directly or indirectly by the taxpayer in Canada primarily in the manufacturing or processing of goods for sale or lease; or
- leased by certain corporations (refer to ¶1.47) to a lessee who can reasonably be expected to use it, directly or indirectly, in Canada primarily in Canadian field processing carried on by the lessee or in the manufacturing or processing by the lessee of goods for sale or lease.
1.47 Property might be manufactured or acquired by a corporation and then, in the ordinary course of carrying on business in Canada, leased to other taxpayers who are expected to use it, directly or indirectly, in Canada, primarily in Canadian field processing carried on by the lessee or in the manufacturing or processing by the lessee of goods for sale of lease. In order for the property to be included in Class 29, the corporation's principal business must be:
- leasing property;
- manufacturing property that it sells or leases;
- lending money;
- purchasing conditional sale contracts, accounts receivable, bills of sale, chattel mortgages, bills of exchange or other obligations representing part or all of the sale price of merchandise or services;
- selling or servicing a type of property that it also leases; or
- any combination of these businesses.
1.48 The property must be:
- property that would otherwise be included in Class 8 (other than railway rolling stock or radio communication equipment);
- an oil or water storage tank;
- a powered industrial lift truck;
- electrical generating equipment described in Class 9;
- a portable tool described in paragraph (b) of Class 10, or general-purpose electronic data processing equipment and systems software described in paragraph (f) of Class 10; or
- general-purpose electronic data processing equipment and systems software described in paragraph (f) of Class 10, if the portion of that paragraph before subparagraph (i) read as follows:
"(f) general-purpose electronic data processing equipment and systems software for that equipment, including ancillary data processing equipment, acquired after March 18, 2007 and before January 28, 2009, but not including property that is principally or is used principally as."
1.49 Class 43 provides for a capital cost allowance rate of 30% applied to a declining balance subject to the application of the half-year rule. In general, Class 43 is for property acquired after February 25, 1992 that:
- is not included in Class 29 or 53, but that would otherwise be included in Class 29 if that Class were read without reference to its subparagraphs (b)(iii) and (v) and paragraph (c); or
- is property that is described in paragraph (k) of Class 10 and that would be included in that Class if read without reference to paragraph (b) of Class 43 and paragraph (b) of Class 41, and that, at the time of its acquisition, can reasonably be expected to be used entirely in Canada and primarily for the purpose of processing ore extracted from a mineral resource located in a country other than Canada.
1.50 Class 53 provides for a capital cost allowance rate of 50% applied to a declining balance subject to the application of the half-year rule. In general, Class 53 is for property acquired after 2015 and before 2026 that is not included in Class 29, but that would otherwise be included in that Class if:
- subparagraph (a)(ii) of Class 29 were read without reference to "in Canadian field processing carried on by the lessee or"; and
- Class 29 were read without reference to its subparagraphs (b)(iv) to (vi) and paragraph (c).
Meaning of terms
Manufacturing or processing for CCA purposes
1.51 For the purposes of paragraph 1100(1)(a.1), subsection 1100(26), and Class 29, subsection 1104(9) of the Regulations defines manufacturing or processing to exclude certain activities. Specifically excluded are farming, fishing, logging, construction, and certain resource activities set out in paragraphs (d) to (k) of the definition. As subsection 1104(9) does not specifically indicate activities that would otherwise be "manufacturing" or "processing", these terms will have their ordinary meaning.
To be used directly or indirectly
1.52 The phrase used directly or indirectly was used in ¶1.46 in discussing a property’s eligibility for inclusion in Class 29. The phrase refers to property acquired by a taxpayer for the purpose of being an integral and essential part of the taxpayer's or lessee's manufacturing or processing activities. This includes any ancillary equipment such as furniture and fixtures, repair and maintenance equipment, and fire extinguishing equipment, which is acquired for use in those activities. Although such equipment is generally located in the manufacturing or processing plant, it may also qualify if located elsewhere. Furniture and equipment acquired by the taxpayer for use by the taxpayer or lessee primarily in activities such as selling, distribution, and administration, which are not manufacturing or processing, are not eligible for the accelerated write-off.
1.53 Direct or indirect use of a computer in manufacturing or processing is considered to include direct manufacturing and processing applications. It can also include ancillary activities such as maintaining inventory records, production scheduling, engineering design, and production control. It would not include the maintenance of financial and accounting information such as accounts receivable and payable records, general ledger accounts, payroll records, customer lists, and sales invoices and analyses.
1.54 When a taxpayer includes a property in Class 29, 43, or 53, the property will be accepted as having been manufactured or acquired by the taxpayer for the purpose outlined in ¶1.46 if it is actually used for that purpose and provided there has not been an unreasonable delay before the property is put into use. Also, it will generally be accepted that the property was manufactured or acquired for use as described in ¶1.46 if the property was not put to any use for an extended period of time after manufacture or acquisition and if there are sound business reasons as to why it is not being used as originally intended (for example, if it would be economically unsound to carry out the original intention because of unforeseen or changed circumstances).
1.55 In some cases, it may be difficult to determine the amount of time that a particular piece of equipment is used in the manufacturing or processing of those goods that are for sale or lease, and those that are not for sale or lease. In such circumstances, any reasonable method of determining the primary use of the equipment will be accepted. For example, when equipment is used in two operations, an analysis of gross revenue from each operation may be helpful in determining the primary use of that equipment.
1.56 In determining the nature of a taxpayer's principal business as described in ¶1.47, the following factors will be considered:
- the number of employees engaged in each branch or phase of a company's operations;
- the amount of gross revenue from each phase of operations; and
- the amount of capital employed in each phase of operations.
1.57 Ordinarily, the above factors will be considered in relation only to a specific year. However, when a company's normal activities have ceased or substantially decreased, the pattern of operations over several years may be considered in determining whether there has been only a temporary break in the normal activities of the company or an actual change in the principal business.
Investment tax credit
1.58 Assets included in Class 29, 43, and 53 may qualify for an investment tax credit if the conditions contained in section 127 are met. One condition is that the property be qualified property. Qualified property is defined in subsection 127(9) with further elaboration provided in section 4600 of the Regulations. In general, qualified property includes certain new buildings, machinery, and equipment acquired to carry out specified activities in certain regions of Canada. Specified activities include, among others, the manufacturing or processing of goods for sale or lease. For new buildings, machinery, or equipment to be eligible for the 10% credit, such property must be used primarily in one of the following regions of Canada: Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, the Gaspé Peninsula, or certain prescribed offshore regions. For more information, see the Atlantic investment tax credit.
1.59 Qualified property must be property which was not used for any purpose whatever before it was acquired by the taxpayer. Where a taxpayer renovates a used property, the renovated property will be ineligible for an investment tax credit.
Manufacturing or processing for investment tax credit purposes
1.60 For purposes of the definition of qualified property, subsection 127(11) provides rules regarding the activities to be excluded from manufacturing or processing. In particular, paragraph 127(11)(a) indicates that:
- activities described in paragraphs (a) to (e) and (g) to (i) of the definition of manufacturing or processing in subsection 125.1(3) are excluded; and
- paragraphs (f), (j) and (k) of that definition are to be read in a certain manner.
Paragraph 127(11)(a) does not refer to paragraph (l) of the definition of manufacturing or processing in subsection 125.1(3). This means that paragraph (l), the minimum threshold test, is not taken into account in interpreting qualified property in subsection 127(9).
1.61 Paragraph 127(11)(b) provides that for greater certainty, manufacturing or processing goods for sale or lease for investment tax credit purposes does not include:
- storing (other than the storing of grain), shipping, selling and leasing of finished goods;
- purchasing of raw materials;
- administration, including clerical and personnel activities;
- purchase and resale operations;
- data processing; or
- providing facilities for employees, including cafeterias, clinics and recreational facilities.
This updated Chapter, which may be referenced as S4-F15-C1, is effective February 16, 2017.
When it was first published on September 27, 2016, this Chapter replaced and cancelled Interpretation Bulletin IT-147R3, Capital Cost Allowance – Accelerated Write-off of Manufacturing and Processing Machinery and Equipment.
The history of updates to this Chapter as well as any technical updates from the cancelled interpretation bulletin can be viewed in the Chapter History page.
Except as otherwise noted, all statutory references herein are references to the provisions of the Income Tax Act , R.S.C., 1985, c.1 (5th Supp.), as amended and all references to a Regulation are to the Income Tax Regulations, C.R.C., c. 945, as amended.
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Section 28, 125.1, subsection 123.4(1), 127(9), 127(11), the definitions of Canadian field processing and mineral resource in subsection 248(1), section 4600, 5200, 5201, 5202, 5203, subsection 402(7), 1100(26), 1104(9), paragraph 1100(1)(a.1), 1100(1)(ta), and Class 29, 43, and 53 of Schedule II of the Regulations.
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